|Review by Mainiac Matt||posted 05-11-2012 01:17 AM||3544 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
I’ve used the foamy stuff in the brown spray cans (see my second picture) both at home and at work and it’s horrible…. toxic smell, harsh on your skin, spatters, puts a caustic mist in the air, and supposedly eats away at the brazing that attaches the carbide tips to the saw blade. I used it a month ago to clean some burned router bits at work and a coworker accross the room started coughing and had to step outside to get some air. I also had some of it spatter into my mouth, while talking.
Several years ago, I read a write up about this pink wonder soap that Woodcraft had just started selling in a magazine (probably American Woodworker). What especially caught my attention was that it was reported to not have any ill effects on the bazing so I picked up a bottle for $16 …. which is more than I would typically spend for something like this, but I was really disgusted with the brown spray can stuff.
But I never got a chance to use it untill last week, as I’ve been waylaid with construction projects for a couple years, and just set up my new basement shop this past winter.
You mix this stuff 1 part resin remover to 4 parts HOT water (I heated it up on the stove) in a shallow pan (I used a cat litter tray) and are then supposed to soak the blades for a while.
I went after them with an old tooth brush after just a few minutes and a big smile immediately crossed my face as the gummed up resin at the backs of the carbide tips and some slight burning on the sides of one blade just washed away like I was doing the dishes. I was so excited, I quickly ran and got all my skill saw blades and cleaned them up as well.
SAFETY NOTE: this stuff, though it hardly has any smell, is actually a very strong basic soap (kind of like lye) and if you get it in your eyes it can blind you. I wore goggles (the kind your teacher made you ware in chemistry class) and had no problems.
I also had my NIOSH mask at the ready, anticipating a noxious odor, but didn’t need to use it.
I wore rubber dish gloves, but after cleaning five 10” blades and two 8-1/4” blades and two 7-1/4” blades, I tore out two fingers (of course). But aside for giving me pruny finger tips, the soap mix didn’t irritate my hands.
One final note, I was concerned that this resin remover would strip the red coating off my Diablo rip blade…. and though it did seem to tint the soapy mix a little red (the concentrate is pink but the dilute soapy mix is clear), there were no spots where it wore away the coating.
And one final, final note…. the resin remover will not take off rust….. so you’ll still have to tackle that via other means.
Blades look great.
No nasty caustick foam spray that burns your skin.
I figure I’ll get 5 or 6 cleaning sessions out of this bottle, so the $16 should go a long ways.
Try it… I think you’ll like it!
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